Incorporating Energy Efficiency Into Your Business

Whether you are remodeling your business, building a new one, or just looking for ways to reduce your operating expenses, there are countless opportunities to make your business more energy efficient, thus lowering your energy costs.

Complete low-cost improvements.

  • Install weather stripping on windows & doors

  • Caulk and seal gaps/leaks around outlets, piping, and wall/floor seams

  • Install window film to reduce glare and heat gain

  • Upgrade light bulbs to CFLs or LEDs

  • Install power strips or unplug electronics that are not in use

  • Install faucet aerators

  • Repair leaky sinks and toilets

 

Add energy efficiency elements to your business.

  • Develop a written plan for meeting energy goals

  • Keep doors closed to keep cool air inside

  • Shade your windows with curtains, strategically placed overhangs, or landscaping

  • Use natural lighting when possible to reduce energy usage

  • Install a programmable thermostat to control temperatures at certain times

  • Install occupancy sensors for your lighting

  • Reduce computer monitor brightness

  • Lower water heater temperature to 120 degrees F

  • Install a timer and moisture sensor if you have an irrigation system

  • Use native and/or drought-resistant landscaping

  • Use auto shut-off on faucets

  • Insulate all major hot water pipes or fixtures and/or refrigeration lines

  • Utilize the FREE online energy profile provided by Energy Star Portfolio Manager to record and track all gas and electricity usage (visit energystar.gov)

 

Take advantage of energy efficiency improvements best suited to your business.

  • Install energy efficient windows

  • Install a cool roof

  • Install additional roof or wall insulation

  • Upgrade your HVAC to an Energy Star rated system

  • Upgrade any plasma screens to LED or LCDs

  • Perform duct leakage tests to find leaks in existing ductwork and seal them

  • Install high efficiency toilets

  • Upgrade your water heater to an Energy Star rated model

  • Use renewable energy systems (e.g. Solar, wind, etc.)

  • Have a professional perform an on-site audit of your energy use

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

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